Woman attacked by man on path claiming to be looking for his dog

Police have launched an appeal for information after the woman was knocked to the ground and had her bag stolen

Peebles woman allegedly robbed by man claiming to be looking for Jack Russell STV News
The woman was attacked on the Cuddyside footpath

A pensioner was knocked to the ground and robbed in broad daylight by a man who approached her to talk about a missing Jack Russell.

The 75-year-old woman received treatment from emergency crews after being attacked on a footpath in the Cuddyside area of Peebles shortly after 2:15pm on Monday, April 25.

The assailant, thought to be aged between 35 and 45, made off with the victim’s bag following the incident, leaving her shaken before running off in the direction of Northgate.

The Scottish Ambulance Service attended and administered treatment to minor injuries, however police have now launched an appeal for witnesses.

Officers describe the man as being white, around six feet tall and well built, with close cut dark hair and flecks of grey around the ears and stubble.

He was understood to be wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Jacqueline Douglas said: “Our enquiries into this incident are ongoing and I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard a disturbance, or who can identify the man involved, to get in touch.

“We would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam or private CCTV footage from the area on Monday afternoon.”

DC Douglas added: “Anyone who can help is asked to call 101, quoting reference 1817 of 25 April, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”